Category Archives: Versus

Poll Position: Marvel’s Greatest Superhero

So, we're going to do a big poll this time out. For our next list, I want you guys to decide who Marvel Comics Greatest Superhero is. You can take into account anything and everything; the comics, the films, tv shows, their place in pop culture history, the characters longevity, all of that jazz.

As per usual, you are allowed to add your own answers, one per day. If you are going to add a character though, can you also include their civilian identity, it helps if there has been more than one person using the name (e.g. Ant-Man: Hank Pym/ Scott Lang/ Eric Grady). I've given you a list of 10 to start off with, you can vote for 10 a day and the poll closes a week on Friday (Fri 27th).

Also, I feel I should explain why I've left Hulk off this list. For most of his existance, Hulk, whilst being a hero nominally, has been mostly considered a hyper destructive loose-cannon, someone who is just as (if not more) likely to destroy an entire city as he is to save it. As a pop cultural icon, Hulk is obviously one of Marvel's greaest creations, but I don't know if I'd count him as one of their greatest "heroes". I dunno, I'll leave that one up to you guys to decide. It's kinda like Punisher. If he wasn't focusing on the bad guys, dude's just a straight up supervillain.

Anyway, JR out.

Poll Position: The Worst Superhero Movie Of All Time

So, as we've just found out what the community believes are the top 10 best superhero movies of all time, why not do the opposite. As with the poll for the best movies, I've started us out with 10 movies that most people will agree are to some extent pretty terrible, but you can add your own choices to the list (preferably with the year they came out, so we don't have any confusion between movies with the same or simular names, i.e. Fantastic Four) one per day. We are including any film that has superheros as a main theme and had a theatrical release, both live-action and animated. So we wouldn't accept the 1992 Fantastic Four film because that went unreleased and can only be viewed on VHS bootlegs or on the internet, but we would accept Hancock, because it was about superheroes and wasn't great. You can vote for as many choices as you want once per day and the poll is open until the 6th of July (so a week on Friday).

Poll Position: Best Superhero Film Of All Time

Ok, so after our last poll ranking all of the MCU movies from worst to best, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit another old List we did a few years ago, this time from 2016. So, this time we're looking at what the best superhero film is. Considering the number of superhero films that have been released, this should be a good one. We're talking anything superhero, from Superman and Captain America's WW2 propaganda films, through Batman's 1966 film, to the 70's Superman films, Batman's 80's/ 90's efforts (if you feel sadistic enough to nominate any of his 90's output), to the 2000's revival through to the MCU and DCEU. We're including both live action and animated, as well as anything not Marvel or DC, so The Mask, Hellboy and the Crow are all fair game, as are both Incredibles films.

Rules: You can add your own entries to this poll, but only once a day.  I've started us off with 10 random films, but you can add any superhero film you like, just as long as it's not already on the list and you must leave a comment saying why you think the film you've added should be in the top 10 of all time. You can vote for up to 5 movies a day and the poll is open until the 7th of June.

Poll Position: What’s The Best MCU Movie

So, 2 years ago, we did a poll here on the blog on what was the best current MCU movie (so any movie up to and including Doctor Strange). You can see the results we got here. However, since then we've had over 2 years and added 8 films to that list, including sequels for Thor, Ant-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy, the solo debuts of Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man in the MCU and 2 new Avengers films. So, as the Inifinty Saga is now over (and today is apparently the day that the Russo''s are calling off their spoiler embargo, though don't worry, I won't spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it), now seems like the best time to revisit this question: What's The Best MCU Movie?

You can vote for your top 10 films once a day until the poll closes on Friday 17th of May (hopefully that gives anyone who hasn't seen Endgame a chance to see the film). Once the poll is closed the results will be posted on Monday May 20th.

Poll Position: Best Batman Story

So, Batman. He's the second oldest character still in publication in mainstream American Superhero comics, having been published non-stop since his debut in May of 1939. He also has unarguably the greatest gallery of villains of any superhero, ranging from the stone cold classics (such as The Joker, Penguin, Two-Face and Catwoman) to the underappraciated gems (Calender Man, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee) to the down right ridiculous (Ten-Eyed Man). And it is also fair to say that he has the best supporting cast of any character in comics, be it his Bat-Family (the various Robins, Bat-Girls and Bat-Women) or his allies and confidents (Alfred Pennyworth and Jim Gordon being the standouts here). So with such scope and range in what to look for, it should be fairly easy to find Batman stories that can be classified as classics of the comic book medium. But which is the best?

As per usual I have given you ten options to start with and you can add your own. You can add specific comic issues if you so please, but try to refer to any multi-issue storylines by name (e.g. Batman #492-511 would be refered to as Knightfall). Elseworlds stories do count, as do any World's Finest or team-up stories provided Batman is a title character (so no The Brave and The Bold stories). We are not including any Bat-family storylines that do not include Batman, nor Justice League or Outsiders, Batman-centric stories only.

Poll Position: Greatest Spider-Man Enemies

We haven't done a "Greatest Villains" List yet, which is both surprising and unsurprising. We've done the top 10 best rogues galleries, but we haven't actually gone in and looked at any of them in detail and ranked the supervillains in terms of how memorable they are and the effect they've had on the readers and the superheroes they plague. And it's somewhat easy to see why. What is the point of doing a Batman count down, you know that the Joker is waiting at the end, it can't be anyone else. Same for Superman, X-Men, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, they all have that one foe that is just head and shoulders above the rest. However, Spider-Man is different. Sure he has some villains who are more recognisable than others, but he doesn't have a distinct "arch-nemesis", if anything, he has three at the very least. So, that's what we're doing this week. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own choices. If you do add answers, please give both supervillain name and civillian identity, because some names are carried over by different people.

Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Superhero TV Shows

Sorry I didn't have a Poll Position up for you guys last week, I had a very busy end to the week last Friday, but it isn't going anywhere.

Anyway, this week we're looking at who has given the best performance on any form of superhero TV show, be it live-action or cartoon. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own suggestions. Please bear in mind that if you add your own suggestions I would like if you could do so in the format of the options I have given, so actors name - role played - TV show - length of run. And you can add actors twice if the actor has played another role in a different series that you think is worth mentioning (e.g. Mark Hamill is a starting option for his work as The Joker in the DC Animated Universe, but has also been in the two live action Flash series as The Trickster).

Poll Position: Who’s Best

After a three week spell deciding who is the best version of certain famous DC comics characters, this week we're returning to our original set-up of Poll Positions that will lead into lists. However, I'm not quite ready to let go of the "which of these characters is the best version" format quite yet. So, are there any other characters who have had multiple versions whilst still retaining the same name? And is there any topical reason to do a list? Hmmm. Oh wait, Doctor Who.

Seen as Peter Capaldi has recently announced that the up-coming series will be his last, now seems like a rather appropriate time to decide Who is the best Doctor, or, to shorten the question, who's best? We're only counting the 12 numbered Doctors, so the late great John Hurt does not count (R.I.P).

Poll Position: Who Is The Best Robin

So, we've now had two polls focusing on classic DC characters who've had more than one person take up the mantel, both with fairly predictable results if we're being honest. And so to complete the trilogy, this week we're looking at what I'm expecting to be the most predictable of the lot. And it's rather topical, considering the subject of this weeks What Were They Thinking?. So for this weeks poll we want to know who you guys think was the best incarnation of Batman's most famous side-kick. We're only counting those who have taken the name in mainstream DC continuity, so no multiverse, elseworlds or possible future versions.

Poll Position: Who Is The Best Green Lantern

So, following on from last weeks poll, where we looked at who the best Flash was, this week we're looking at another DC icon that was reinvented from the Golden Age to the Silver Age and then numerous times since, Green Lantern. You can choose who your favourite is from all of the human characters to have held the title of Green Lantern in DC continuity. We are not counting any of the alien characters who are part of the Green Lantern Corps, just the humans who own green power rings.